Are You Really My Friend?

Westbrook, Maine artist Tanja Hollander has set out to meet and photograph all of her 600+ Facebook friends in their homes—including, of course, people she has never met before in person. The project’s main page is here. Along with the striking set of photographs that have been produced, each meeting brings surprises and recalibrates notions of community. As Hollander puts it in an essay she wrote on the project, “What started out as a personal documentary on friendship and environmental portraiture has turned into an exploration of American culture, relationships, generosity & compassion, family structure, community building, story telling, meal sharing, our relationship to technology & travel in the 21st century, social networking, memory, and the history of the portrait.”

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